Member Institution Brigham Young University

Brigham Young University

Teacher Advisory Board
BYU Certifies 105 physics teachers in 8 years


Duane B. Merrell
Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy

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Teacher Preparation Program Overview

Science disciplines at BYU graduate their fair share of teachers. In the school year 2013-2014 the physical science teaching program will graduate 16 physics certified teachers.  With 32 physics students specializing in physics teaching, BYU is striving to encourage students to become science educators. All physical science teaching majors have strong content programs. Physics students who chose the teaching option degrees only differs by approximately 3 classes from that of a physic major. With strong collaboration with the BYU McKay School of Education the College of Physical Science and Mathematics has created an advising program that focuses on getting the students who want to become teachers into the schools early. This introduction into the school is continuous from the beginning of the student's junior year thru graduation. Students take introduction to science teaching to enter the teacher preparation program. In the introduction class students have a minimum of 48 hours in the public schools supervised by both the college and public school teachers and partnerships that have been established.